ELIZABETHTOWN — The husband of a former Bladen County commissioner is claiming that District Legal professional Jon David brought about the dissolution of his marriage and is looking for damages.
Tracey Trivette, former city commissioner in White Lake, filed the authorized grievance Dec. 4 in Bladen County. In his grievance, Trivette alleges alienation of affection, prison dialog, and intentional infliction of emotional misery.
Nevertheless, proceedings within the matter are at present on maintain based mostly on a March 5 ruling by Superior Courtroom Choose Kent Harrell. That ruling decreed that the Trivettes’ divorce proceedings, filed in New Hanover County on Dec. 31 by Ashley Trivette, be resolved first.
“The events are looking for various strategies to resolve the pending conflicts outdoors of court docket,” the March 5 order states.
The grievance was first reported by North Carolina Legal professionals Weekly, a Charlotte-based commerce publication.
Tracey Trivette claims that, in 2017, David started “a bootleg relationship” along with his spouse Ashley, a county commissioner representing District 3, following her October 2017 arrest in Brunswick County for DWI.
Finally, David recused himself from the prosecution of Trivette’s case. The DWI cost resulted in an “Alford Plea” by which a defendant pleads responsible based mostly on the proof being prone to persuade a choose or jury, however doesn’t admit to the prison act and maintains their innocence.
Tracey Trivette’s grievance claims that David “started willfully and intentionally seducing, engaging and alienating the love of (Ashley Trivette) from (Tracey Trivette), destroying the love and affection which beforehand existed…”
Actions included “quite a few engaging texts, calls and communications, which later led to a sexual relationship between (Jon David) and (Ashley Trivette),” the grievance says, later claiming that David and Ashley Trivette had intercourse “on multiple event in the course of the course of (Tracey Trivette’s) marriage to his partner, which embrace the time frames between Oct. 6, 2017, and current.”
Within the grievance, Tracey Trivette claims “emotional trauma and embarrassment” as a result of David’s public publicity of the connection, corresponding to going to social occasions with Ashley Trivette, taking journeys collectively and posting about it on social media.
Tracey Trivette mentioned within the grievance that he and Ashley Trivette cut up up on Jan. 15, 2018, following which David and Ashley Trivette “continued this relationship and finally started residing in the identical residence collectively.”
Ashley Trivette, a Republican, determined towards operating for reelection as a Bladen County commissioner in 2020, telling the Bladen Journal in 2019 that, “Private concerns dictate that I make this troublesome selection in the very best curiosity of my household.”
In the identical 2019 assertion, Trivette mentioned that she had simply accomplished the four-year strategy of adopting her daughter.
In accordance with the March 5 order staying the civil case, David claims entitlement to any “credit score or offset towards any award equal to the worth of property which (Tracey Trivette) receives in his (divorce proceedings)” the order states.
Charlotte TV station WBTV in 2018 disclosed the connection between Ashley Trivette and David throughout its reporting on the 2018 Congressional election fraud case that centered in Bladen County. The story famous that David probably had a battle of curiosity in prosecuting McCrae Dowless — at present charged with unlawful poll dealing with, obstruction of justice and perjury for his alleged actions within the 2016 and 2018 elections — as a result of Dowless labored for Ashley Trivette’s 2016 marketing campaign.
Tracey Trivette asks for “in extra of $25,000” as compensatory damages for every of the three claims and the identical quantity for every of the three situations of punitive damages. As of Friday, David had not filed a response to the grievance, asking for and receiving an extension a number of instances earlier than the keep halted the proceedings.
Legal professional Gary Grady of Hester, Grady & Hester in Elizabethtown represents Tracey Trivette. When reached Friday, Grady declined to talk on the case, saying he doesn’t touch upon pending litigation.
Requests for remark despatched to Jon David’s Brunswick County workplace and his lawyer Tamara Avis Smith of Pennington & Smith in Wilmington weren’t instantly returned.
The matter of the lawsuit will not be new to Tracey Trivette. In January 2007, he filed a lawsuit towards Pennsylvania physician William H. Risher, alleging that prison conversations along with his then-wife, Cheryl Trivette, had brought about an alienation of affections between the couple. In that swimsuit, Risher claimed any conversations he had with Cheryl Trivette have been simply due to her father’s medical remedies.
That case was dismissed with prejudice as a result of a settlement in August 2008.
Thomas Sherrill is a reporter for The Information Reporter in Whiteville. E-mail him at tsherrill@ nrcolumbus.com.